July 18, 2003
La Jolla, CA – The eighth annual Symphony at Salk, a benefit for the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, under the stars on the institute’s Gildred Court.
Largely made possible by the hard work of some 160 Salk volunteers, the event begins with architectural tours of the Institute at 5:15 and 5:45 p.m., and with box suppers being served beginning at 6 p.m. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., featuring violinist Leila Josefowicz and the San Diego Symphony conducted by Edwin Outwater.
Performing Camille Saint-Saens’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28” and Jules Massenet’s “Meditation from Thais,” Josefowicz is known for her honest, fresh approach to the repertoire and her dynamic virtuosity. Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, she has appeared in Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Zurich, Munich and London and toured the Far East with the Asian Youth Orchestra in summer 2001. She has appeared on numerous national television broadcasts, including “The Tonight Show,” “Evening at Pops,” “America’s Tribune to Bob Hope” and “Live From Lincoln Center.”
Guest conductor Outwater is the newly appointed resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and the Wattis Foundation music director of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. Having recently appeared with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, he is making his conducting debuts with the San Diego Symphony, the Orchestre de Bretagne (France), the South Dakota Symphony and the New Zealand and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras in the 2003-04 season.
Tickets for the eighth annual Symphony at Salk are $150 and $75 for the concert, dinner, wine and architectural tours of the world-renowned Institute. Call the Salk’s Institute Relations at 858-453-4100, Ext. 1491.
Internationally renowned artist Francoise Gilot-Salk is again honorary chair of the event. Gilot-Salk’s artwork provides the event’s visual theme.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, located in La Jolla, is an independent non-profit institution dedicated to fundamental discoveries in the life sciences, the improvement of human health and conditions, and the training of future generations of researchers. Jonas Salk, M.D., founded the Institute in 1960, with a gift of land from the city of San Diego and the financial support of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.